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OSU's prolific offense readying for 100th-ranked defense

Kansas State's defense ranks No. 100 nationally in total defense, allowing an average of 429.29 yards per game.
By Brandon Chatmon, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: October 25, 2010 at 9:18 pm •  Published: October 25, 2010

On Saturday, Baylor had nine explosive plays (plays of 20 yards or more) against KSU, including six 30-plus yard plays. Through seven games, the Cowboys have 45 explosive plays, an average of 6.4 per game, including 18 plays of 30 yards or more.

That sound you hear is Cowboy playmakers Brandon Weeden, Kendall Hunter and Justin Blackmon jumping for joy. Weeden averages 321.2 passing yards per game, Hunter averages 138.33 rushing yards per game and Blackmon averages 158.9 receiving yards per game.

The key will be preventing any letdown on offense sparked by facing what appears to be a subpar defense.

"We know we're going to get their best," Holgorsen said.

Snyder understands the depth of the problem — and potential nightmare — OSU's offense will present on Saturday.

"You're talking about the most prolific offense in the country, or certainly one of the top two or three," Snyder said. "Like any football team you have to stop the run first. But they make you stop both. It's that simple. On a scale of 1 to 10, what's the challenge? It's probably a 12."


KANSAS STATE’S DEFENSE GAME-BY-GAME

Opponent, rushing yards, passing yards, plays, total yards, yards per play

UCLA, 193, 120, 62, 313, 5.0

SW Missouri St., 166, 281, 84, 447, 5.3

Iowa State, 171, 122, 68, 293, 4.3

UCF, 252, 92, 69, 344, 5.0

Nebraska, 451, 136, 52, 587, 11.3

Kansas, 103, 228, 82, 331, 4.0

Baylor, 279, 404, 76, 683, 9.0

Significant OSU single game records

Rushing yards: 332, Barry Sanders vs. Texas Tech (1988)

Rushing touchdowns: 5, Barry Sanders (twice) vs. Kansas (1988) and vs. Tulsa (1988)

Passing yards: 430, Zac Robinson vs. Texas (2007)

Passing touchdowns: 7, Josh Fields vs. SMU (2003)

Receiving yards: 300, Adarius Bowman at Kansas (2006)

Receiving touchdowns: 7, Rashaun Woods vs. SMU (2003)

Total offensive yards: 486, Zac Robinson vs. Texas (2007)

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